Do you still think that there’s no need for an anti-virus on your Android smartphone? Soon you might not have any choice.
Judging by a report on the Android Police website, a new edition of the Google Play app (Android’s equivalent to the iOS App Store) has put in place the foundations for some kind of anti-virus functionality.
Looking at the code seen inside the app, it appears that Google could soon have the capability to perform anti-malware scans on your smartphone. Our own examination has confirmed the existence of strings in the app’s code such as:
“Allow Google to check all apps installed to this device for harmful behavior? To learn more, go to Settings > Security.”
“Installing this app may harm your device”
“Installation has been blocked”
“To protect you, Google has blocked the installation of this app.”
There are also some interesting-looking graphics…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.